Hold on... there are *health workers* that don't vaccinate? I'm ignorant on the subject but I thought working in the health field meant mandatory vaccination for the protection of patients
Yeah. Everytime I'm legit sick I just think about the person without the immune system on top of having leukemia looking at me putting gloves on, adjusting my facemask while shambling over to them to access their central line.
I don't go to work sick, because they deserve to live, and I am not about having bodies on my license.
The idea of the study - compare the number of sick days during flu season at hospitals where vaccination is mandatory vs. hospitals where it is not mandatory in order to elucidate the benefit of mandatory vaccination - is clever. But the nature of the datasets presents some serious confounder issues, imo.
It compared three university health centers (mandatory vaccination) to four VA health centers (non-mandatory).
These are hardly equivalent populations. The VA workers were older (i.e. more likely to get sick) and had different rules regulating sick leave time (not paid at academic sites, paid at VA sites).
So interesting idea, but the actual design of the study really limits the ability to learn anything meaningful, imo.
Edit: see comments below for how well they control for these confounders. Does controlling for 'age' or other factors overcome these limitations? My thoughts are they are a step in the right direction, but the paper is still difficult to interpret. Confounder analysis isn't a magic wand that makes data set differences disappear. And the 30% in the title comes from the un-adjusted data - something to keep in mind.
In Canada you’re required to be fully vaccinated as a health care worker. I thought this was standard honestly.